Biodiversity, climate change, food security

Did you know that we live in the most biodiverse area in “Canada”? This biodiversity is reflected in the variety of species and diverse environments across the lands and waters of what we call British Columbia. We are grateful to call this land home. Part of making a home in this area is understanding and appreciating the biodiversity, and fostering a reciprocal relationship with this land.

National Day of Truth & Reconciliation

Content warning: Colonial violence. On September 30, LifeCycles Project will be closed to observe the National Day of Truth & Reconciliation. Our observation of this day is intended to hold space for survivors and reflect on the ongoing harm caused by colonialism.

2021 Federal Election

Canada is headed to the polls on Monday, September 20. With the dual crises of climate emergency and the pandemic, voting in this federal election provides the opportunity to change course. When casting your ballot, one thing that is important to consider is how your vote can impact overall community health.

STC @ Oaklands Sunset market

Our students will be at the Oaklands Sunset Market every Wednesday until the end of August selling school-grown produce. The market runs from 4:30 – 8:30 Wednesday evenings at the Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont Ave).

5 ways to tell your figs are ripe

Figs can be a finicky fruit–they don’t ripen off the tree, like apples or pears. In Victoria, what is considered a cooler climate for figs, we only get what’s called the breva crop. These are figs produced on last year’s branches, ripened into ready-to-eat fruit for this year’s harvest.

Codling moth

Fruit trees are amazing and we love our Urban Orchard for the abundant harvest it provides each year. However, we’re not the only ones who love these trees and their fruits–pests come out of the woodwork (literally) and wreak havoc on the harvest. All pests are annoying, but codling moth can be particularly tricky for the trees in our own backyards.

Why should you eat local?

The pandemic changed the way many of us eat. And when the way we eat changes, it’s only natural that the way we think about food changes too. With these changes comes an interesting focus on local food.

Fruit thinning

Did you know that falling fruit is probably nothing to worry about? In fact, fruit thinning is a practice that your tree not only experiences naturally (a phenomenon commonly referred to as June Drop) but it’s also something we recommend you perform as annual fruit tree maintenance to ensure a healthy harvest.

Volunteer Opportunity – Join our board!

Our Board of Directors is in need of new members! We’re looking for a new Youth Member as well as two new Members-at-Large to join our board. If you’re interested in getting more involved with the local food movement, are passionate about sustainable practices, and have experience or interests relevant to HR, administration, and policy development, we encourage you to apply.

Celebrate Mom

This Mother’s Day, give mom the world. Seriously. With these gifts, you not only show your mom how much she means to you but you also take a step towards helping our planet.